Look at an aerial view of Wildcat Creek Quail Hunting Resort and you'll see an outdoorsman's playground. The preserve's more than 1,200 acres in Red River County spans dense forests abutting brush-strewn fields and interior ponds, prime hunting grounds for quail and wild hogs. Ron Parker runs Wildcat Creek so his guests can forge the kind of memories he cherishes from hunting with his dad.
Guided trips supply hunters with brush buggies and dogs handled by in-house trainers. To prep guests for trips into the field, Wildcat Creek's grounds also encompass a sporting-clays course with optional wobble traps, a 3-D archery range set in the woods, and a shooting range for sighting rifles. Additionally, the 16-acre Old Mitchell Lake serves as a setting for both traditional and fly fishing.
More than 10,000 square feet of facilities includes cabins, a pro shop, and a lodge, which offers amenities such as a pool table, high-speed Internet, and satellite service. The Parkers pride themselves on hospitality, serving a different menu of home-cooked meals each day. And to maintain an environment where everyone feels safe, they lead all first-time guests through a mandatory safety course.
Shaped like 18 distinct clearings in Ouachita National Forest, the holes of Cedar Creek Golf Course reside at the western extremity of the sprawling Broken Bow Lake. Keeping a golf ball from sneaking off into the pine trees that line the fairways of each hole is a good start for any golfer, but the dense forestry isn't the only hazard looming over the layout. Significant elevation swings?the course runs among the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains?and the course's namesake creek can wear equally on any golfer's psyche. Those who can keep their shots squarely on the Bermuda grass greens and fairways, however, will enjoy an easier round as they soak in picturesque surroundings. A practice area complete with driving range and putting green can help prepare golfers for their rounds, giving players a spot to stretch, calibrate swings, and warn trees with practice axe-chops before teeing off on the first hole.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,582 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 72.3 from the back tees
Course slope of 125 from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole